Worry may drive low-risk cancer patients to want double mastectomy

April 22, 2015 4:34 PM

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(Reuters Health) - Half of women with cancer in one breast - but no gene mutations that increase their risk - are interested in removing their healthy breast to avoid a second cancer there, a small survey finds.

Women with less cancer knowledge and greater worry about developing a new tumor were most likely to want the preventive removal of the healthy breast. But after talking to their surgeons, only 10 percent went ahead with the procedure.

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